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calling it like I see it

I live in a pretty conservative country at the moment. And though parents are vehemently opposed to our school posting pictures of their children learning, creating, and inquiring via the school's social media sites, those same parents don't see any issue with posting...

coaching the future

I don’t know it all. I know a lot of different things about a lot of different things. I like to share my expertise with others in hopes that it might inspire them. And I really like to talk and collaborate on ideas that are just outside of the norm. But I don't know...

taking the leap

For most people, our life's journey leads us to a crossroads and beautifully daunting choices lay ahead. Robert Frost knew this all too well. In his "The Road Not Taken" poem, he talks about looking out on the two paths and feeling sad that he couldn't take both. Two...

solution making

For the last 6 weeks, I've been emerging myself in the world of Design Thinking. My learning journey has taken me (and my students) on a voyage I didn't expect. But now that my (virtual) bags are unpacked and I can reflect on my experience, I feel as if I'm ready to...

first grade reflections

We are always reflecting in my classroom. What did you know? What do you know now? How do you know you know what you know? My poor students have to reflect, explain their thinking, and recalibrate their ideas at every twist and turn. But today, the tables have turned....

prototyping their learning

Using Design Thinking in the classroom can have meaningful effects on student learning and ability to solution make (rather than problem solve). But throughout my own personal learning journey most ideas I've come across have been a far stretch for the type of work I...

it takes a village

The adage says "It takes a village to raise a child." But in this case, it took a village (of students across 5 different countries) to write a story. Here is the journey of our Travelling Tales village: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNzy4MmyO5Q&t=2s and here is...

it’s more than a box

One of my favorite read aloud stories is Not a Box by Antoinette Portis. The premise of the story is simple and confirms how different children and adults look at the world. In the story, the rabitty-type creature sits, stands, and wears a box while "the adults"...

empathy leads to action

Each week, my students would come in from their lunch break with complaints about playground shenanigans. Often times, complaints went something like this, “And then the 2nd graders wouldn’t…” or “This 2nd grade boy wasn’t…” I couldn’t take it anymore. After a lunch...

what’s in your wallet?

If you’ve ever been burdened with the task of trying to make a survey, you’ve probably had a crash course in some aspects of Design Thinking. When crafting questions for a survey, you often have to focus on two key questions: “What do I want to know?” and “Will this...

getting techie with it

There is a lot of data that suggests too much tech usage for children and teenagers is not beneficial for their health. It is also widely known that tech giants like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Tim Cook strictly enforce tech usage for their own family. So it's no...

redesigning my future

For the last few weeks, I've been thinking and blogging about personal learning. I started by examining the topic as it pertains to students. My school has been thinking about personalized learning too. A group of teachers created a list of 10 Effective Learning...

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